In 2009, the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) was passed, along with Meaningful Use incentive programs, to push U.S. healthcare providers to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems.
But getting an EHR system in place was just the first step in the effort to become more efficient in workflow processes within healthcare facilities.
Now, in the post-HITECH Act era, healthcare solution vendors and providers need to work together to layer in additional technologies and capabilities to improve overall healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency for patients.
In the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSDD), moving from a manual to an automated system not only helps to reduce costs and improve efficiency, but it can also impact patient safety and quality by deploying checks and balances that ensure:
- Technicians perform tasks in proper sequence
- Technicians have easy access to accurate instructions for use (IFUs) and tray assembly guidelines
- Complete data capture of each step in the reprocessing cycle to make information easily retrievable in the case of recalls, adverse event investigations, and department quality improvement analysis
Combine these meaningful benefits with the recent FDA Unique Device Identifier (UDI) initiative that involves tracking individual assets used in patient cases, and it’s clear that the need to move to automated instrument and device management is fast approaching.
When is the last time you took stock of your facility and your department? Are the systems that you have in place working? If you have been considering the move away from manual management, we have a resource to help you through the discovery and planning phase. Our eBook, Transitioning from a Manual System to an Automated One, comes with insight and tips on necessary steps like how to budget for a system, how to choose a solution partner, how to get your team onboard, and much more. Click below to claim your free copy!